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Farming

Poachers fire on workers

Hunting rifle Forestry workers are dodging bullets from poachers, says a forest manager.

Council bullying claim

Tuitahi Farm effluent system Dairy farming family appalled at the way a regional council investigated and prosecuted them for environmental offences.

Quad bike crash victim named

Quad bike A man killed in a quad bike crash on a farm near Timaru was Simon Robert Halsey, 38. 

Tech take up slow

Peter Kemp OPINION: NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Sick waterways might gain

Lake Ellesmere Two of Canterbury's sickest waterways are prime candidates for Crown cash to retire farms and restore their wetland "lungs".

Opinion poll

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Tech take up slow

Peter Kemp NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

It is not OK that rural folk are paying for the same services as townies but are not getting the same results.

Water tax will raise prices

Our tech is a strength

Council bullying claim

Tuitahi Farm effluent system Dairy farming family appalled at the way a regional council investigated and prosecuted them for environmental offences.

a2 milk claims scepticism

Prominent nutritionist says health claims from dairy company a2 Milk are premature while some others are irresponsible.

Better in threes

Sometimes just kidding

Post mortems on cows

Team of experts carrying out post mortems to get to the bottom of a mystery illness that has killed as many as 300 cows.

Environment focus

roast beef Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Scholarship win scores US trip

Breaking fresh ground

Filled with bulls

An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

Wool sector unity closer

wool New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way

Farmers are keeping their gut feelings to themselves as the wool levy vote nudges closer to its result.

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Innovative approach pays off

No time to be sheepish

Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A head for potatoes

Onion secrets shared

Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Sick waterways might gain

Lake Ellesmere Two of Canterbury's sickest waterways are prime candidates for Crown cash to retire farms and restore their wetland "lungs".

Irrigation conference for Oamaru

Irrigation NZ's 2016 conference will be in Oamaru, an area the company calls the "irrigation heartland".

Rangitata at capacity

Dollar foils venison returns

Poachers fire on workers

Forestry workers are dodging bullets from poachers, says a forest manager.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.